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June 23, 2010 - Industry News

White House Releases Comprehensive Plan to Address Counterfeiting

The White House released its first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review the report and the progress of the intellectual property coordinator, a newly created post that was filled by Victoria Espinel

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

After the Crisis: New Demands on Logistics

One trend faced by 3PLs is an increasing number of responsibilities and tasks customers demand.

Thanks to the trend of volatility that has emerged over the last few years in transportation and logistics, it's nearly impossible to make accurate forecasts based on historical data. One major global logistics supplier told logistics professionals Tuesday that their industry faces four new realities that will have a long-term impact on supply chain management

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

Carriers Report Signs of a Driver Shortage

Two-thirds of carriers are starting to experience a driver shortage, according to Transport Capital Partners Business Expectation Survey for the second quarter

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

DOT Shells Out $6 Million to Ease Truck Parking

Funding will go toward adding parking capacity and to developing innovative ways to keep truck drivers up to date on space availability along these freight corridors. (Photo by TA)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has allocated $6 million to help address the parking shortage for commercial trucks on five U.S. interstates

Tags: Highways

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

States to Reopen Rest Areas For the Summer

Arizona and Maryland have announced plans to reopen several highway rest areas this summer

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

Spartan Motors to Shed Road Rescue Business

Spartan Motors has announced it will exit its Road Rescue ambulance operation as part of its continuing review of its business

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

NFI Acquires Canadian 3PL

NFI has announced its acquisition of IPD, a global transportation and logistics company in Mississauga, Ontario, which specializes in perishable-based air and ocean transport, intermodal and truck brokerage services

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

Three Truckstops Add TransFlo Express Scanning

Three more independent truckstop and travel centers have signed up to offer Pegasus TransTech's TransFlo Express truckstop scanning solution

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

Estes Cuts Transit Times to Canada

Freight transportation provider Estes now offers three-day service to Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, from six terminals in Texas and Oklahoma

June 22, 2010 - Industry News

FFE Orders 350 ArcticLite Reefers From Wabash

Frozen Food Express Industries has tapped Wabash National Corporation to produce 350 new ArcticLite refrigerated van trailers by September

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

Walcott Truckers Jamboree Coming Up July 8, 9

Last year's Jamboree featured a concert by Aaron Tippin. This year's will feature Tracy Lawrence.

Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, is gearing up for its annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree, which is coming up July 8 and 9. The event, which has been going on since 1979, is a way to celebrate America's truck drivers

Tags: Events

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

Truck Registrations Rise For Second Straight Month

The Polk Index of U.S. New Commercial Vehicle Activity shows that 2010 new registrations are on track to yield 346,300 units, which would put year-over-year growth at 7 percent.

New commercial vehicle registrations continued to see year-over-year improvement in April, with an increase of 2.8 percent from April 2009, according to Polk Commercial Vehicle Solutions. April marked the second straight month to see a year-over-year gain, which hasn't occurred since 2006

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

NECS Forms Strategic Partnership With JS Eastman Enterprises

National Energy Control Services and JS Eastman Enterprises have formed a strategic partnership to bring together the regulatory compliance, DOT compliance, driver safety management and tax-related expertise of NECS with the crisis response knowledge and experience of JS Eastman

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

Proper Paperwork Is Key to Being Environmentally, Safety Compliant

(Photo by Corcentric)

"If you can't show you did it, you didn't do it," said Nick Bujeaud, district manager at KPA, which provides compliance and risk management services. During KPA's Recordkeeping 101: EPA and OSHA Required Paperwork Webinar last week, Bujeaud could not stress enough the importance of maintaining the necessary paperwork required to stay compliant with Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Continue to Rebound in May

The month of May saw an 84 percent boost in net orders for Class 8 trucks, compared to the same month last yea

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Jumps For First Time in Five Weeks

After falling 19.9 cents over the last five weeks, the national average for the price of diesel inched back up, as demand for diesel improves.

Diesel prices jumped for the first time in five weeks, gaining 3.3 cents this wee

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 21, 2010 - Industry News

Southeastern Freight Lines Expands Savannah Service Center

Less-than-truckload carrier Southeastern Freight Lines has expanded its Savannah, Ga., Service Center with 20 new freight doors, bringing the total to 58

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Truck Dealer of the Year Brings 'Green' Campaign to Technology Summit

Beltway Companies of Baltimore, Md., was among the businesses represented at a Green Technology Summit in Frederick, Md., recently

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Manufacturing Continues to Grow; Price Indexes Fall Slightly

Manufacturing activity continued to improve in May, climbing 0.9 percent on its third straight monthly gain of about 1 percent, according to the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, the Producer Price Index was down 0.3 percent in May, and the Consumer Price Index fell 0.2 percen

Tags: Economy

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Detroit Diesel to Expand Redford Township Engine Plant

Detroit Diesel announced it will pour about $194 million into the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Redford Township, Mich. The facility, which employs 1,900 people, will provide expanded manufacturing capacity for heavy-duty diesel engine

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Senate Hearing on Employee Misclassification Emphasizes State Efforts

Gary Uber (L) of Family Private Care Inc. outlined some of the negative impacts the rule could have on businesses and contractors. The DOL's Seth Harris (R) said misclassification is depriving employees of benefits and hurting government.

During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act held last Thursday, speakers stressed the importance of state efforts to combat misclassification of independent contractors

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

Rush Sheds Construction Equipment Business

Rush Enterprises has entered into an agreement to sell its John Deere construction equipment business to Doggett Heavy Machinery Services for about $37 million

June 18, 2010 - Industry News

New LNG Station Opens at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Speedy Fuel has opened its first full service liquefied natural gas fueling station to serve Class 8 trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

Rail Activity Continues to Improve Over 2009

Intermodal traffic on U.S. freight railroads gained 17.7 percent last week compared to the same week last yea

Tags: Intermodal

June 17, 2010 - Industry News

California's Copper Brake Bill Returns to Negotiating Table

California's brake copper bill has moved through the California State Assembly's Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials this week, with plans to return to the negotiating table with the brake manufacturing industry

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